Chuck Rainey

Bass legend is back, feeling good and eager to keep making music!

Exclusive FBPO interview with FBPO’s Jon Liebman
February 2, 2015

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Chuck Rainey is one of the most recorded bassists in music history. Originally a trumpet player, Chuck switched to guitar while in the military, then to bass.

After moving to New York City in the early ‘60s, Rainey began a long association with R&B saxophonist King Curtis, paving the way for the bassist’s illustrious career as a studio session player. In countless sessions, Chuck often found himself alongside studio icons Bernard Purdy, Eric Gale, Richard T, Donny Hathaway and several others.

In 1972, Chuck relocated to Los Angeles as a member of the Quincy Jones big band. From that point, his career was catapulted even further. Chuck Rainey has performed and/or recorded with Jackie Wilson, Harry Belafonte, the Supremes, Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, Steely Dan and many others. His bass can also be heard on the soundtracks of many movies, TV shows and commercials.

In 2011, Chuck suffered a stroke, which temporarily sidelined him. Today, Chuck claims to be “very proud” of himself for coming back and resuming his legendary career.

FBPO’s Jon Liebman caught up with Chuck at the 2014 Warwick Bass Camp in Markneukirchen, Germany.

Watch our interview with Chuck!

Comments on Chuck Rainey

  1. William Wood says:

    A living legend.

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